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Canon DC220

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the portability and design are generally positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, but the features and size get less positive comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon DC220 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon DC220

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 user reviews of Canon DC220 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon DC220 DVD Camcorder with 35x Optical Zoom

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Canon DC220

 

Astute observers will notice that the DC220 shares most of its features with the slightly less expensive DC210 . In this case, the extra cash gets you an autofocus upgrade to Canon's nine-point AiAF system, a miniSD card slot for capturing still...

Long zoom lens; decent image stabilization; fast autofocus; shutter-priority exposure mode.

Fair-to-middling overall video quality; poor still photos.

A simple DVD camcorder with decent performance and image quality, the DC220 won't blow you away, but it also will not let you down.

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Canon DC220 Camcorder Review

 

The Canon DC220 ($449 MSRP) is a respectable entry-level DVD camcorder sporting familiar specs and features: a single 1/6 CCD, electronic image stabilization, a 2.7" LCD, and a modest but effective array of manual controls. In many respects, the...

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Canon DC220 Review and Prices

 

Despite being a step up from the DC210, Canon's introductory DVD camcorder, the DC220 still feels and performs very much like a low end, entry-level unit. The DC220 is an updated version of last year's Canon DC100 and while it may have improved in...

Simple to use, great handling, includes 16:9 widescreen mode, powerful zoom

Disappointing image quality, poor low light performance

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Canon DC220

 

The Canon DC220 is a baseline DVD camcorder, all told, and the imager matches the price. Inside is a 1/6" CCD with 680,000 gross pixels (450,000 effective pixels in 16:9 with the stabilization off, 360,000 effective pixels in 16:9 with the...

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Canon DC220

 

While they will never be loved by any self-respecting videophile, DVD camcorders continue to attract plenty of buyers, even in the face of newer and s...

35x optical zoom, smart and compact design, plenty of functions for the asking price

Less than 1-megapixel, ineffectual night mode

If you really must own a DVD camera and don't have a tonne of money to spare, you could probably do a lot worse than this cute budget offering.

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Canon DC220 review

 

The Canon DC220 is a simple DVD camcorder with decent performance and image quality, and although it won't blow you away, it won't let you down either

Decent image stabilisation ; Fast autofocus ; Shutter-priority exposure mode

Video quality ; Poor still photos

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Canon DC220

 

A simple DVD camcorder with decent performance and image quality, the DC220 won't blow you away but neither will it let you down.

Long zoom lens ; Decent image stabilisation ; Fast autofocus ; Shutter-priority exposure mode

Fair-to-middling overall video quality ; Ppoor still photos

If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive DVD-based camcorder and you don't expect to shoot in dim lighting much, the DC220 is pretty safe choice. Of course, as I said earlier, if the DC220's added features don't make a difference to you, you can...

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DC220

 

If you got bored with your regular analog video recorder then try your hands on this compact DVD camcorder

Light weight ; Good zoom level

No flash ; Low pixel CCD sensor

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Spend your money elsewhere...

 

To cut right to the quick, there is far too much effort expended trying to work with this camera. I've used a lot of different consumer and "prosumer" level dv cameras and this thing is a nightmare. Probably the most glaring issue is the warning...

I see no reason to buy this camera

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"Spend your money elsewhere..."

 

To cut right to the quick, there is far too much effort expended trying to work with this camera. I've used a lot of different consumer and "prosumer" level dv cameras and this thing is a nightmare. Probably the most glaring issue is the warning...

I see no reason to buy this camera.

Too many to list here, see my review.

Product Specifications

With the affordable and easy-to-operate Canon DC 220, you get all the performance of DVD technology, along with the brilliance and power of a Genuine Canon 35x Optical Zoom. You also get an impressive array of features found on more expensive models, including a miniSD card capability for easy image storage. With the Canon DC 220, you'll enjoy capturing the precious moments of your life and sharing them with everyone.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-208

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:miniSD Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5in
Height:2.1in/3.5in
Weight:14.3oz
Width:2.1in/3.5in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:220
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon DC

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-5.0
Max Focal Length:91mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:35
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.45Megapixel/0.53Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:450Kpix/540Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:100/1000
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-R DL (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Mosaic / Neutral / Sepia / Skintone / Vivid/Art / Monotone / Mosaic / Neutral / Sepia / Skintone
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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